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Betong division is located between three main rivers, Batang Lupar, Batang Saribas and Batang Kelaka, covering an area of 4,180 km2.
By October 2011, the population was nearly 94,000, the majority being Ibans (51,290), followed by Malays (37,283), Chinese (5,084), Bidayuh (225), and Melanau (219), while the remaining are other races.
Main areas are farming, agriculture and fishing but there are some who work in the public and private sectors as well as business (most businesses are family-owned).
As a way to ensure the development of human capital to meet the demands of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and other major projects in the State, major investments are made in the development of educational facilities like vocational schools and polytechnics. This is expected to encourage more local and foreign investors to come to Betong and explore opportunities they never knew Betong had.
In recognition of Betong’s rich history, rapid growth and contribution to Sarawak's economy, it was accorded Division status in 2002. It was then selected to become the administrative division centre. The areas of administration include the Saratok District and the Betong District. Betong has also been expanded to cover the Small District of Maludam, which had been under the jurisdiction of the Sri Aman District. Betong is acknowledged by many as the place where the earliest educated Ibans can be found. This paved the way for Ibans in other areas to also educate themselves.
Typical Iban longhouse in Betong (Senunok longhouse, Ulu Paku)
Schools and collegesEdit
- SMK Datuk Patinggi Kedit Betong
- SMK Spaoh Betong
- SMK Pusa, Betong
- Kolej Vokasional Betong
- SMK Ulu Layar Betong
- Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Betong (MRSM)
- SMK Beladin, Betong
- SK ST John, Betong
- Kolej Komuniti Betong
- Polytechnic Metro Betong Sarawak
- SK Spaoh Betong
- SJK Chung Hua Betong
- SK Balingan, Betong
- SK Nanga Ajau,Betong
- SK St Augustine Betong
- SMK St Augustine Betong
- Pusat GIATMARA Betong
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